Race Director Jorge Sandoval is returning his five-day, international elite men’s road race, the New Zealand Cycle Classic to its Masterton base in 2020. The Tour is the only Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) 2.2 event held in Oceania
Held from January 15 - January 19 2020 with riders coming from all over the world Jorge is excited to bring the racing back to the Wairarapa. "This event will bring riders of the highest calibre here for over a week and along with them their entourage of bike mechanics, health professionals, supporters and media. This will generate a sense of pride for our community to be part of something on the international cycling calendar. It will also inspire our community to come out and watch the Tour and ideally become involved in the sport of cycling in greater numbers as a rider, volunteer or official.” Local participation will also be a big focus with the community and fun events planned around the event under the Huri Huri Bike Wairarapa umbrella.
“This Tour takes riders through many Wairarapa townships and past many landmarks giving maximum opportunity for media coverage and for our entire community to be involved. Over the years it’s been staged here, there’s been a noticeable increase in large groups of spectators out with their colourful signs supporting the riders as they hurtle along Masterton -Stronvar Rd, Millars Road in Gladstone and along Puruatanga Road in Martinborough and a growing appetite for events staged as part of Huri Huri.”
Check out the NZ Cycle Classic website for more info here.